Gai Confident Of A Sixth Slipper

Source: Herald Sun/Darren Tindale
Gai Waterhouse is looking to slip on a sixth Golden Slipper. Source: Herald Sun/Darren Tindale

She's the first lady of horse training in Australia and on Saturday, Gai Waterhouse is chasing her sixth victory in the world's richest two-year-old race, the Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill. 

Her five winners so far are Overreach (2013), Pierro (2012), Sebring (2008), Dance Hero (2004) and Ha Ha (2001). On Saturday, she can emulate the Slipper feats of her famous father TJ Smith and notch a sixth victory. 

Gai's Slipper Hopefuls

Vancouver (colt, 56.5kg)

English (filly, 54.5kg)

Trainer: Gai Waterhouse

Jockey: Tommy Berry

Trainer: Gai Waterhouse

Jockey: Blake Shinn

Record: 3: 3-0-0

Stakes: $332,500

Record: 2: 2-0-0

Stakes: $198,950

Barrier: 18

Fixed Price:

Barrier: 6

Fixed Price:

Speak Fondly (filly, 54.5kg)

Trainer: Gai Waterhouse

Jockey: Damien Oliver

Record: 3: 1-1-1

Stakes: $151,700

Barrier: 12

Fixed Price:


Despite drawing widely, Vancouver  remains a major player having won all three starts to date. After leading all the way in the Listed Breeders Plate in November, the son of Medaglia D'oro resumed with another strong performance sitting off the pace in the Group 3 Canonbury. The step up to 1200m and Group 2 status was no issue either as the striking bay cruised to victory over his four rivals in the Todman a fortnight ago.

Gai's other unbeaten commodity is English . The Encosta de Lago filly opened her career with an easy win at Kembla Grange in late January. She graduated from a 1000m provincial maiden to the Group 2 Reisling (1200m) with sheer arrogance, again coming from well back to score handsomely.

The third representative from the Waterhouse stable is Speak Fondly . The daughter of Northern Meteor has been in the money at three starts. She opened her career with a third in the Gimcrack, followed by a second in the Sweet Embrace. Her final lead up run produced a win in the Group 2 Magic Night (1200m) last weekend.

One of the main threats to Gai snaring her sixth Slipper and the $2m prize money that goes with it is Exosphere , a Lonhro colt trained by John O'Shea for Godolphin. O'Shea also has Furnaces , Haptic  and Ottoman engaged.

For further facts and figures, check out our in-depth analysis of past results with Tatts Stats!


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